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Budget 2014: live audio

19 March 2014

This is our audio hub for George Osborne’s fourth budget. It will automatically update every minute. We’ll bring you the audio of the budget as well as reaction throughout the day.

George Osborne’s 2014 budget:

Ed Miliband’s response:


And here’s Ed Balls on a ‘disappointing’ budget. Balls confirmed that Labour will support the Coalition’s benefits cap:

Danny Alexander:

Read what the Spectator bloggers are looking for in this year’s budget:

Rod Liddle
Ed West
Melanie McDonagh
Lara Prendergast
Camilla Swift
Carola Binney

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  • Magnolia

    A polished, relaxed performance and a lovely blue tie.
    Mrs May wearing her gorgeous, regal, silk scarf.
    GO confirms that those paying the higher rate of tax (40%) are actually “middle income earners”. It’s a start.
    Lots of good economic forecasts and a somewhat lower structural deficit (what ever that is) but debt still set to peak in two years, accounting perhaps for the two ‘slips’ “we’re getting on top of our debts” and debt is lower”. I just wish he wouldn’t spoil it with those.
    More cuts to come. Here’s hoping.
    Lots of tinkering elsewhere.
    Ed’s response pretty dire as I write even though he wears Tory clothing.

  • asalord

    North Sea oil revenues down – perfect timing George – Not!

    • BarkingAtTreehuggers

      what used to stretch for 63m will now stretch for 5.

  • Daniel Maris

    This is an opportunity for a serious discussion about the nature of a mature 21st economy in western Europe. It seems now that we have a complete disconnect between personal prosperity and the rises in GDP. GDP rise no longer converts into additional disposable income for working families.

    The main factors appear to be the rising cost of housing, infrastructure, health and welfare, the need to prop up the financial sector and inflation increases (e.g. in energy) that hit ordinary families hard.

    I think budget policies should be geared towards tackling these issues.

    But tackling them effectively requires a major policy: away from reliance on mass immigration/population increase, house price inflation and the financial sector to artificially inflate our GDP.

    We need to rapidly increase housing supply, to lower energy costs through a centrally funded green energy drive, put in place policies to reduce mass immigration and put in place an optimal population policy.

    The government is not going to do any of these things.

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